20 July 2014 Military News
- Afghan Presidential Vote Audit Continues Despite Glitches VOA 20 Jul 2014 -- The internationally-supervised slow-moving audit of 8.1 million Afghan votes from last month's disputed presidential runoff resumed Sunday, a day after differences between the rival candidates over ballot scrutiny led to its temporary suspension.
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- Weapons School students get first look at upgraded B-1s AFNS 20 Jul 2014 -- For the first time students from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School got to fly with the newly upgraded Sustainment Block-16 B-1B Lancer during the student's Integration Phase (IT) at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
- George Washington Conducts Distinguished Embark with Republic of Korea Guests NNS 20 Jul 2014 -- The U.S. Navy's forward deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) hosted distinguished visitors from the Republic of Korea (ROK) July 19.
- PRC Vice Admiral Tours Mercy during RIMPAC 2014 NNS 20 Jul 2014 -- The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) hosted the commander of People's Republic of China, People's Liberation Army (Navy) [PLA(N)] South Sea Fleet July 15 while the ship was underway for Rim of the Pacific's (RIMPAC) 2014.
- Palestinians capture Israeli soldier in Gaza Iran Press TV 20 Jul 2014 -- Palestinian resistance fighters say they have captured an Israeli soldier during Tel Aviv's ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, as the Israeli regime continues its offensive in the blockaded enclave.
- Israel Expands Offensive In Gaza RFE/RL 20 Jul 2014 -- Israeli military forces have renewed their assault on suspected militant targets in the Gaza Strip with Palestinian medical officials claiming more than 60 people have been killed.
- Death Toll of Israeli Operation in Gaza Reaches 400 RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2014 -- Number of casualties of 13-day Israeli operation in Gaza has reached 400, as about 60 people were killed on Sunday, local health ministry spokesperson told RIA Novosti Sunday.
- Israeli Military Says Humanitarian Ceasefire in Gaza Collapses, Hamas Responsible RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2014 -- Brief humanitarian ceasefire in eastern Gaza has collapsed because Hamas continued to shoot Israeli forces, an Israeli army source said Sunday.
- Gaza Deaths Top 400 After Deadliest Day of Israeli Operations VOA 20 Jul 2014 -- Palestinian officials in Gaza say more than 60 people were killed during Israeli military operations over the past 24 hours, making it the most deadly period since the latest conflict began July 8. More than 400 Palestinians have been killed in Operation Protective Edge, Israel's military response to Hamas rocket attacks.
- Ban meets with Abbas in Qatar, reiterates call for immediate ceasefire UN News Centre 20 Jul 2014 -- As the fighting raged in Gaza, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Doha, the first leg of his Middle East tour which aims to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians and help bring about a ceasefire.
- US: Russian weapon downed Malaysia plane Iran Press TV 20 Jul 2014 -- The US and its Western allies have stepped up their accusations against Russia for the Thursday's crash of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine saying the missile that brought down the plane was given by Moscow to pro-Russian militia in east Ukraine. All 298 people on board the plane were killed in the crash.
- 250 civilians killed in Lugansk: OSCE Iran Press TV 20 Jul 2014 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says at least 250 civilians have been killed and over 850 wounded in Ukraine's eastern city of Lugansk, where government troopers are fighting pro-Russian forces.
- Kerry Says Separatists Used Russian Missile To Down Plane RFE/RL 20 Jul 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says separatists in eastern Ukraine used a surface-to-air missile from Russia to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines plane on July 17.
- Luhansk Under Fire, Cut Off From Electricity - Self-Defense Forces RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2014 -- Luhansk has been under fire since Sunday morning, the city is cut off from electricity and there are interruptions in cell phone coverage, the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic's Defense Ministry spokesman Alexei Toporov said.
- Another 27 Bodies Recovered from Malaysia Jet Crash Site in Ukraine - Official RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2014 -- Emergency workers have retrieved 27 more bodies from the crash site of the Malaysian airliner that came down Thursday in the east Ukrainian region of Donetsk, according to the country's Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.
- Most Bodies Recovered from MH17 Downed Over Ukraine VOA 20 Jul 2014 -- The Ukrainian government says 219 bodies have been recovered from the site where a Malaysian airliner crashed after being shot down on Thursday, as well as what they believe are parts of 28 additional bodies. That would leave 51 of the people on the plane still unaccounted for.
- Russia checkpoint evacuated over Ukraine shelling RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2014 -- A border checkpoint in Russia's southern Rostov region has been evacuated due to shelling on the side of Ukraine.
- UN condemns attack in South Sudan, calls for political negotiations to resume UN News Centre 20 Jul 2014 -- Following today's attack by opposition forces in South Sudan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the top United Nations official in the country are calling for all offensive operations to immediately end and for both sides to resume suspended peace talks.
- S Sudan rebels attack key border town Iran Press TV 20 Jul 2014 -- South Sudanese rebels have launched an assault to recapture a key town near the Ethiopian border just days after mediators urged the warring leaders to resume peace talks.
- South Sudan President Kiir Accuses Ex-VP of Graft VOA 20 Jul 2014 -- South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has accused former vice president and rebel movement leader Riek Machar of graft after investors allegedly stole money belonging to the world's newest nation.
- UN chief strongly condemns systematic persecution of minorities in northern Iraq UN News Centre 20 Jul 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned in the strongest terms the systematic persecution of minorities in Mosul and other parts of northern Iraq as a reported deadline passed for individuals to convert to Islam, pay a tax, flee or face possible execution.
- Islamic State Claims Baghdad Bombings RFE/RL 20 Jul 2014 -- The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for a series of car bombings in mainly Shi'ite neighborhoods of Baghdad that killed at least 27 people.
- Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil VOA 20 Jul 2014 -- The Kurdistan regional government has sent its Peshmerga troops into the adjacent province of Kirkuk to drive out insurgents, and to secure the area's rich oil fields. By doing this, the regional government has added a fourth province to the three it officially controls. The oil also provides revenue that could make an independent Kurdistan economically strong.
- At least 3 dead in attacks on Libya airport Iran Press TV 20 Jul 2014 -- At least three people are killed in fresh attacks on the main international airport in Libya's capital city of Tripoli, a security official says.
- Renewed Battle for Libyan Airport Kills 4 VOA 20 Jul 2014 -- Heavy fighting around Libya's largest airport killed at least four people Sunday amid a grim resurgence of violence in the country as rival militias enter a second week of deadly clashes.
- IAEA confirms Iran's commitment to interim nuclear deal Iran Press TV 20 Jul 2014 -- Iran has complied with the interim nuclear accord clinched between Tehran and the P5+1 over Iran's nuclear energy program, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says in a new report.
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